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Sweet Goldenrod
Family: Asteraceae
Solidago odora

Description: This plant has yellow blooms during the summer (June-September). The flowers are unusual because they grow only on the top side of the stems. When the Goldenrod gets taller, it typically droops over or lays on the ground due to the weight of its flowers and leaves.

Leaf: The leaves are toothless and can be 7.5-10 cm (3-4 in.). A good detail from the Peterson's Guide is that when held up to light, there are tiny transparent dots.

Habitat: Goldenrods grow in dry soil, in open woody areas, in roadbanks, and in pine barrens.

Location: Brandeis's Sachar Woods.

Use: Fresh and dried leaves and flowers are highly recommended for a brewed tea. Leave in hot water for 10 minutes, and you'll get an "anise-flavored" tea.